GRAR Member Update
Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Hello everyone,

Yesterday, Governor Cuomo directed all non-essential businesses and schools to remain closed through April 29. The following information is also on the New York State Coronavirus page today and is good information to know if you aren't already aware of these items.
  • The state is increasing the maximum fine for violations of the state's social distancing protocol from $500 to $1,000 to help address the lack of adherence to social distancing protocols.

  • The state is partnering with Headspace, a global leader in mindfulness and meditation, to offer free meditation and mindfulness content for all New Yorkers at

  • The First Responders Fund has been created to assist COVID-19 health care workers and first responders with expenses and costs, including child care Donations can be made electronically at or by check sent to Health Research, Inc., 150 Broadway, Suite 560, Menands, NY 12204. Please specify the donation is for "COVID-19 NYS Emergency Response."

  • New Yorkers without health insurance can apply through NY State of Health through May 15, 2020; must apply within 60 days of losing coverage.

  • New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling.

  • Testing is free for all eligible New Yorkers as ordered by a health care provider.
Guide for Filing Self-Employed Unemployment Claims
The New York State Department of Labor has issued a 4-page PDF to give guidance to self-employed individuals on how to file an unemployment claim on the New York State Department of Labor's website.
NAR Broker Webinar
NAR held a webinar on Friday, April 3 entitled "Brokers Respond to COVID-19". Click to watch the replay of this webinar.
Lastly for today's update, we would like to recognize and thank the volunteer members of both the GRAR Board of Directors and the UNYREIS Board of Managers for their time and dedication during this time. The members of both boards are pictured below.
Andy Kachaylo,
GRAR President
Jim Yockel,
2020 GRAR Board of Directors
Andy Kachaylo, President
Mike O'Connor, Secretary/Treasurer
Lanie Bittner, Vice President
Linda Wilson, Immediate Past President
Tracey Dedee, Director
Nina Malatesta, Director
Susan Hughes, Director
Anthony Scorsone, Director
Jenna Wagner, Director
Jim Yockel, GRAR CEO
Pete Zizzi, Director
Beverly Howe, 2020 Women's Council of REALTORS President
2020 UNYREIS Board of Managers
Thomas E. Schnorr, President
Susan Glenz, Secretary/Treasurer
Jim White, Vice President
Bob Maves
John Gerace
Dan Head
Chip Murphy
Craig Schneider
Chuck Hilbert
Andy Kachaylo
Jeff Scofield
Steve Vaisey
Jim Yockel, GRAR CEO
GRAR will be sending updates each weekday until further notice.

Please visit the GRAR Coronavirus page for all updates, other related information, and links to NAR, NYSAR, and the New York State Coronavirus pages.
Also, please join the GRAR Members Only Facebook Group to get updates from GRAR as well as view and participate in discussions. GRAR Members Only Facebook Group .
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